San Pedro Sula East Mission
2013 - 2016

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Missionary Monster Cookie Bars

Hello all,

By popular demand . . .

Many of the missionaries want me to share the recipe for their interview treats this month!

Monster Cookies have always been a family favorite, usually made only for special occasions.  I was very fortunate to run across a good Monster Cookie Bar recipe that is much easier to make in mass for a special treat.

I was even more fortunate to be able to locate all the ingredients to make these delicious bars here in Honduras.  They were a bit outside of our usual budget  for missionary treats, so they probably won't get them again for a very long time . . .

But here is the recipe!  Hope you enjoy!

The only problem with making #monstercookiebars . . . Is they are very addicting for the maker . . . !!

Missionary Monster Cookie Bars

1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
3 eggs
2 tsp. baking soda
4 1/2 cups quick cooking oatmeal
1 package (12 oz.) chocolate chips
1 package (12 oz.) milk chocolate M&M’s
(I sometimes substitute white chocolate chips, and peanut M&M's, or any combo of the sweet yummy treats!)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars until smooth. Beat in the eggs and baking soda. Then ddd the peanut butter and beat until smooth.
3. Mix by hand the oatmeal, one cup at a time. Slowly add in the M&M’s and chocolate chips.
4. Spread mixture into a well greased 9 x 13-inch pan and bake for 15-20 minutes. Do not over bake! (They will taste better just a little on the soft side. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe from: Domesticated Duchess
Yield: about 20 bars

To really make these for a crowd:  I triple the recipe and then divide the final recipe in half and bake them in two - jellyroll size baking pans.  Since my mixer (fabulous as it is!) won't fit three complete batches, I add the ingredients until you reach the oatmeal, chocolate chips, and M'M stage.  I divide that mixture into two batches and add the oats and chocolate chips and M'M's to both batches separately.  Then it is already divided to go into the baking dishes.  I bake them for about 25 minutes, until they are set in the middle and slightly beginning to brown.  Cut into squares when cool.  They freeze very well so you can bake them in advance.  I get about 35-40 bars per dish, so the recipe tripled makes about 70-80 bars.  My servings are pretty generous missionary sized servings.

**** Note:  I calculated the ingredients required to make one-jelly roll pan, or approximately 35-40 bars, and they are as follows - 

1 1/2 sticks of butter softened
1 1/2 C sugar
1 1/2 C brown sugar
2 1/4 C peanut butter
5 eggs
3 t. baking soda
6 1/2 C raw oats
3 packages (12 oz) baking chips or any kind of M&M's.

Bake in a well greased jelly roll pan for 25 minutes.

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